This year, I had a hard time getting “into the spirit” of the holiday. Too many things going on in my life. Juggling balls I was afraid would fall and conk me on the head. I was a better at it when I was younger… true of so many things…
This past weekend, I had mirrored sliding doors installed on my hall closet – and everything looks different reflected in the huge mirrors – it will take some getting used to. With my Christmas bonus, I also treated myself to a new vacuum cleaner, Miele S4212, which was on sale at Costco. And I think I’m in love! Well, like, anyway. I detest vacuuming but this machine is SO light, quiet and dust free, with a delightful telescopic handle that means I no longer have to stoop and bend and suffer the resulting back pain.
Naturally, all this put me in a pretty good mood, so I dug out my Christmas CDs and played a few – including my all-time fave, the Boney M Christmas album circa 1980. I also found some old cassettes to give to a friend’s son, who rediscovered the Walkman and enjoys listening to music on it.
My sister’s birthday is December 22, which brought to mind many family doings of old. I miss my sis at this time of year because I have no one with whom to harmonize on Christmas carols!
This will be my last Christmas at our family homestead – where I lived with my parents, grandparents and two aunts when we came to Canada. I grew up in that house and have always loved it. Saying goodbye will be poignant…
But I am very much looking forward to a refreshing break from work! Rest and relaxation, time with friends, and time for quiet reflection. It has already begun and I’d like to share a few things I have learned in 2014…
- The conclusion of a story can be both happy and satisfying and sad and unsatisfying (read Jodi Picoult’s “Plain Truth” and you will understand)
- It’s amazing what you can do in photography – the stunning effects that render a photo a painting, and more (visit https://byrnesbeth.wordpress.com and read Glow Plug to see what I mean)
- The end of one thing is always the beginning of another – as I say “farewell” to old boss Dave I am saying “let’s go” to new boss Steve
- Life is unpredictable; and when I thought I would be winding down my working life I find I’m winding up for new challenges, assisting a professional ‘rising star’
- If you can love someone at his worst, it’s a richer experience loving him at his best (someone close to me has learned this poignant truth)
- Habits are hard to change – even when you know better it’s not always easy to do better
- In the immortal words of the Grass Roots song, I’m going to “sha la la la la la live for today and don’t worry ‘bout tomorrow anyway…”
Merry Christmas, everyone! Enjoy the holidays and may 2015 be chock full of good news and nice surprises. With Love and Blessings in the Name of the One who Is Love – Jesus Christ.